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The best guide on how to play Zeraora in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for the best builds, Held and Battle items, movesets, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, matchups, how to get Zeraora, and more!

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Zeraora Latest Nerfs & Buffs (9/22)

Halloween Update (

Zeraora Move Changes (October 20)
Wild Charge Image
Wild Charge
• Fixed a bug that causes more damage that expected when hitting multiple Pokemon.

Zeraora Previous Move Patches

Plasma Gale Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon decreased from 2819 to 2485 (-12%).

Wild Charge Cooldown reduced from 12 to 8. Damage reduction while in Wild Charge effect increased. Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon increased from 3068 to 3396 (+11%). Cooldown decreased from 12s to 11s. Upgraded Version (+): Fixed a bug that causes more damage that expected when hitting multiple Pokemon.

Spark Time in between cast lengthened! Spark Auto attacks now count towards Wild Charge bonus hits. Bug Fixes

Slash Number of hits reduced, first hit damage increased. Total damage increased from 972 to 1006 (+3.4%)

Zeraora Basic Info

Tier Rating: S Rank Icon

Role: Speedster
Attack Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Difficulty: Expert
"Zeraora can close the distance between itself and its opponents as fast as lightning, dealing massive amounts of damage all at once."

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Zeraora Best Lanes

Top Icon.pngTop Jungle Icon.pngJungle Bot Icon.pngBottom
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Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Excellent combination of Dash and Attack moves
✔︎ Has two playstyles depending on enemy team
✖︎ Needs to scale to mid-game to shine
✖︎ Can get easily picked off when its momentum gets stopped

Best Builds for Zeraora

Zeraora Builds

All In Damage Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build is centered around maximizing Discharge's damage output, sacrificing defense completely for an all-in damage build. To fully utilize this build, you have to stack the damage bonus from Attack Weight early on, scoring as often as possible with small points. Once you have max stacks, you'll deal ridiculous amounts of AOE damage via Discharge and Spark.

Muscle Band is standard jungling item, allowing you to clear wild Pokemon camps faster. Weakness Policy provides decent HP and damage, and works well with your passive.

X Attack is the cherry-on-top to this build, amplifying your damage output further.

Single Target Burst Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This is single-target focused build with a decent offense-defense balance. Your core gameplay is about targeting isolated enemies using Spark to dive them and Wild Charge to defeat them quickly or, at least, chip off a large portion of their HP. Remember to use Spark twice before casting Wild Charge to increase the number of slashes done during Wild Charge.

Muscle Band and Razor Claw are your main damage items, allowing you to farm jungle camps faster and stick to your targets easier, respectively. Focus Band is your only defensive item, increasing your survivability during fights so you can keep casting Wild Charge.

Eject Button is the best battle item for this build, adding a means for escape or initiation. However, if you want more damage, you can equip X Attack instead.

Dash AoE Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build takes advantage of Zeraora's Dash moves to score goals. Your gameplay should be moving in and out of goal zones using Volt Switch, scoring goals fast and ensuring a safe escape. Use Discharge to farm wild Pokemon faster and collect points to score.

Attack Weight and Score Shield are well-suited to your gameplay, incentivizing and helping in scoring goals, respectively. Buddy Barrier acts as a last-resort escape plan, granting you a shield when you use Plasma Gale to get away from pursuing enemies.

Eject Button is the default battle item for the build, giving you an option to get to goals faster or make an escape. However, if you want to ensure more successful goals, especially in the last minutes of the game, equip Goal-Getter instead.

Zeraora Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Description
Attack Weight.pngAttack Weight When the Pokemon scores a goal, its Attack increases by (6/9/12).
Score Shield.pngScore Shield While the Pokemon is attempting to score a goal, it is granted a shield equal to (5/7.5/10)% of its max HP and its goals cannot be interrupted while it is shielded.
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier When the Pokemon uses its Unite Move, that Pokemon and the nearby ally Pokemon with the lowest HP are each granted a shield equal to (20/30/40)% of their max HP.
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Increases damage dealt by basic attack critical hits. The higher the Pokemon's Attack, the more the damage increases.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band When basic attacks hit, the damage is increased by 1%/2%/3% of the opposing Pokemon's remaining HP.
Razor Claw.pngRazor Claw After the Pokemon uses a move, its next basic attack deals a minimum of (10/15/20) damage. The higher the Pokemon's Attack, the more this damage increases. When this item is held by a melee Pokemon, this basic attack also decreases the movement speed of opposing Pokemon for a short time.

The HP bonus from both Score Shield and Buddy Barrier increases Zeraora's survivability when you dash towards opponents. For offense, equip Scope Lens or Muscle Band to get extra damage for your basic attacks.

Having great mobility means that you can easily go in and out of enemy Goal Zones for easy scoring. Constantly doing this will quickly cap off Attack Weight and Score Shield, making Zeraora even more deadly! Razor Claw works great with Spark since the time window between each leap is enough time for Razor Claw's damage bonus to cooldown. It also works great with Attack Weight since as you stack up the damage from scoring goals, the damage bonus from Razor Claw also increases.

Held Item Tier List: Best Items to Equip

Best Battle Items

Item Description
Eject Button.pngEject Button Makes your Pokemon move quickly in the specified direction.
Fluffy Tail.pngFluffy Tail Prevents wild Pokemon from acting and increases their damage taken by 1.5 times.

Eject Button gives Zeraora more reach on top of its excellent dash moves. Additionally, Fluffy Tail is a great item for fast farming to get to your strong moves as fast as possible. It is also helpful for capturing objectives like Drednaw.

Best Moveset

Move Description
Discharge ImageDischarge Creates a field of electricity that surrounds you, damaging nearby enemies and granting a shield if it hits an enemy. Hitting a paralyzed Pokemon with this skill pulls them towards you and damages them again.
Upgrade: Slows enemies hit by this Move for a short time.
Spark ImageSpark Leap at a target Pokemon and damages it. Using your standard attack in the middle of a leap will have you lunge at the closest enemy Pokemon instead. Can be used up to three times before going on cooldown.
Upgrade: Restores health if you perform a standard attack in the middle of a leap.

Zeraora's moveset is all about swooping down on the enemy and leaving them shocked from all the damage you deal. Spark not only gets you easy hits, but it also makes it hard for opponents to target you. Top it all off with a strong Discharge and watch as your opponent's HP quickly drops.

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How to Play Zeraora

Jungler Role is Essential

Pokemon UNITE - Zeraora Going Jungle

Taking the Jungler role is highly recommended. It allows Zeraora to freely farm Wild Pokemon so it can quickly get to its strong moves as fast as possible. It also opens up strong gank opportunities as the game progresses.

Focus on Farming Until Level 6 and 8

Pokemon UNITE - Zeraora Fighting Bouffalant

Zeraora's power spikes are massive from level 6 and 8. Make sure to stick to a farming route and avoid directly fighting opponents - unless they over extend. Doing this will give you access to Zeraora's powerful moveset like Spark and Discharge, which will be extremely powerful as you transition to the mid game. Try to aim for these power spikes before fighting for objectives and joining teamfights.

Gank Over Extending Opponents

Pokemon UNITE - Zeraora Attacking Over Extending Opponents.png

Slash is a strong single target burst and you are likely stronger than laners due to your solo EXP in the Jungle. Jump in with Agility and quickly follow it up with Slash for a quick burst and possibly a kill.

Choose Moves According to Enemy Composition

Zeraora has two playstyles that can change your approach to teamfights. Evaluate the enemy composition first at the start of the game to know the best skill path to take.

When to Play as an Assassin

Pokemon UNITE - Zeraora Finishing Off Garchomp

The Assassin playstyle excels at dealing heavy damage to a single target before weaving out of the fight. The skill path it uses are Volt Switch and Wild Charge. This skillpath is best used against enemy team comps with strong attackers like Cinderace and Pikachu.

When to Play as an AoE Damage Dealer

Pokemon UNITE - Zeraora AoE Damage with Discharge

Going for the AOE build is perfect if the enemy team doesn't have a nasty attacker or DPS that will instantly burst you down after entering the fight. It is also great against a team with several disables as your Discharge still works even when Zeraora is stunned!

Lead the Fight Against Objectives

Pokemon UNITE - Zeraora Attacking Drednaw

Another good thing to look out for are Boss Pokemon. As a jungle player, you should have access to Fluffy Tail which makes taking objectives like Rotom and Drednaw much easier. Overall, it is best that you intitiate the fight to capture objectives as much as possible to convince you team to follow suit.

Deal Easy Damage with Dash Moves

Zeraora's Dash Moves are not just traversal skills, it can also be used for offensive plays. Volt Switch deals damage when enemies are caught in the path, so using it in melee range can be helpful in a pinch if you are in need of extra damage and attack speed. On the other hand, Spark can hone in on targets if a standard attack is used while in the air. Use this to get in melee and auto attack range with your targets!

Invade Enemy Jungle Against Weaker Matchups

Pokemon UNITE - Zeraora Farming Enemy Camps

Being a Jungler with high mobility, you can invade the enemy central area to get free kills and even steal their camp to deny them EXP! This is especially true when you learn Spark as you are extremely hard to catch, which can make enemy speedsters like Gengar have a hard time catching up to you!

Do Not Hesitate to Use Zeraora's Unite Move

Pokemon UNITE - Zeraora Unite Move Hitting Multiple Targets

Not hesitating does not mean using it on Wild Pokemon.

Since you will be able to farm wild Pokemon and score goals easily, Zeraora's Unite Move will always be charged up and ready to use. So, it is best to use it as much as possible, even in just one-on-one fights!

Zeraora Combos

Zeraora relies on his abilites and mobility to dish out tons of damage. Below are the bread and butter combos Zeraora can use for early game and his burst builds as well as his teamfighting build.

Quick Slash Combo

Quick Slash Combo
Agility IconSlash Icon

Zeraora Quick Slash Combo
This is Zeraora's bread and butter combo for clearing jungle camps as well as ganking lanes. Agility allows Zeraora to position near his targets and Slash damages and knocks the target up. If followed up, this can easily result in a kill in the early game.

Assassin Combo

Assassin Combo
Volt Switch IconWild Charge IconVolt Switch Icon

Assassin Combo
This is your main assassination combo. Volt Switch is a double reposition ability that can make you jump on a location then return to your previous location when used again. Wild Charge deals a barrage of damage to a target and it deals more damage if used in sucession with Volt Switch. Dive in, assassinate a target, then jump back for a free kill.

Teamfight Combo

Teamfight Combo
Spark IconStandard Attack IconDischarge IconSpark IconStandard Attack IconSpark IconStandard Attack Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Zeraora Teamfight Combo
This is Zeraora's full combo for his teamfighting skill. Using Auto attacks between Spark is crucial as it allows you to get close to your targets easily. After your first Spark -> Attack combo, use Discharge then continue using the rest of your Sparks to stick to your targets (or hop around the battle field to spread damage).

Unite Burst Combo

Unite Burst Combo
Volt Switch IconWild Charge IconPlasma Gale IconVolt Switch Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Zeraora Unite Burst Combo
A quick in and out burst combo against a grouped enemy. This requires a fast execution as taking too long may cause Volt Switch's duration to run out leaving you standing in the enemy ranks if they survive your burst.

Matchups & Counters for Zeraora

Zeraora Matchups

Hard Counter
BlastoiseCrustleMachampMamoswineMr. MimeSlowbroSnorlax
Fair Matchup
Good Matchup
Alolan NinetalesBlisseyCharizardCinderaceCramorantDecidueyeEldegossGardevoirGreedentGreninjaMr. MimePikachuVenusaurWigglytuff

✘ : Counter | = : Even | : Advantageous
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Zeraora.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Counter with Disabling Moves

Zeraora is at its best when you get to attack every chance you get. It will be trouble when your opponents manage to stop your momentum. It also does not help if the target has high Endurance, which take a lot of precious time away from Zeraora.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Blastoise ImageBlastoise Rating: ★★★★★
Even with all the offense Zeraora can provide, it's just not enough to take down Blastoise. Further, it can be bullied away from fights via Hydro Pump. Zeraora will have a very difficult time battling against Blastoise so stay away as much as necessary.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Rating: ★★★★★
・Will take too long to beat, especially after a Power Nap.
・Can stop you in your tracks with Heavy Slam and leaves you wide open for attacks.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Rating: ★★★★★
Similar to Snorlax, Slowbro can essentially shut you down with its moves like Telekinesis and Surf. If you get caught by Slowbro, you can only wish that your allies will be there to save you until you can get out to safety.
Crustle ImageCrustle Rating: ★★★★
Crustle can transition from taking hard hits to dealing hard hits. If you're up against Crustle, wait until it uses Shell Smash before attempting to burst him as his defenses are lower at this state. If he doesn't have Otherwise, your best bet is to avoid him in fights since he doesn't have heavy disrupting tools like Snorlax and Slowbro.
Machamp ImageMachamp Rating: ★★★★
Machamp can outpace all your mobility skills with his Submission + Crosschop combo. To make matters worse, his dueling power is stronger than you and he can decide to do it or not due to his superior mobility.

Even Matchups for Zeraora

Most of Zeraora's even matchups are against its fellow Speedsters, as well as other Pokemon with powerful Dash moves. Since its moveset relies on burst damage within a specific area, having targets that can easily get around will be a challenge.

Outmaneuver Enemy Speedsters

Outrun the Speedsters
Absol Image Gengar Image Talonflame Image

It will take a combination of skill and timing to outpace your fellow Speedsters. The best approach is to simply get the first strike on them so they will scramble and use their dash moves defensively. Otherwise, it is best to fight them in a favorable area - close to an allied Goal Zone, teammates are nearby, etc. Your Eject Button will come in handy to maintain contact.

Get Powerful Before Facing Head On

Burst Damage Pokemon
Garchomp Image Lucario Image Venusaur Image

Be sure to get to your powerful moves before thinking of taking these Pokemon head on. Garchomp and Lucario have decent evasion and stun moves that can leave you in an awkward situation. They are also tanky enough to withstand you burst moves early on. Additionally, getting hit by Venusar's moves will take a significant chunk out of your HP. Just one wrong move will may get you pinned down and get hit by a sudden burst of damage before you can get to safety.

Best Matchups for Zeraora

Easy Targets

Easy Targets
Pikachu Image Cinderace Image Greninja Image Cramorant Image Alolan Ninetales Image Gardevoir Image Decidueye Image Eldegoss Image

Because of their low HP, attacker Pokemon are easy targets for Zeraora. Eldegoss' healing and shielding gets shredded by Zeraora's burst damage.

Bad Early Game

Bad Early Game
Charizard Image

Charizard can take on Zeraora given enough time. However, Charizard's build-up is slow, allowing Zeraora to dominate Charizard in the early-game.

Disruptable Set-Ups

Disruptable Set-Ups
Wigglytuff Image Blissey Image Mr. Mime Image

A single Discharge can negate any shield tgenerated by support Pokemon. Zeraora can also get around any barriers set up by Mr. Mime.

Best Teammates for Zeraora

Pokemon Explanation
Pikachu ImagePikachu
Cramorant ImageCramorant
Set up disables for easy knockdowns
Pair Zeraora with high damage dealers like Pikachu or Cramorant to easily knock down enemies in quick succession. Additionaly, take advantage of their disables like Electro Web or Hurricane to stun enemies before dealing deadly strikes.

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Zeraora Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Agility ImageAgility
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 6s
Dashes forward, dealing damage to Pokemon hit and increases attack speed for a short time.
Spark ImageSpark
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 12
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 10s
Total Damage: 819 (Lv. 6) / 1545 (Lv. 15)
Leap at a target Pokemon and damages it. Using your standard attack in the middle of a leap will have you lunge at the closest enemy Pokemon instead. Can be used up to three times before going on cooldown.
Upgrade: Restores health if you perform a standard attack in the middle of a leap.
Volt Switch ImageVolt Switch
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 12
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 8s
Total Damage: 726 (Lv. 6) / 1244 (1500) (Lv. 15)
Dash to a location, dealing damage to enemies in your path and increasing your attack speed. Activate again within a short time to return to your original position.
Upgrade: Increases the Move's damage and attack speed bonus duration.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Slash ImageSlash
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 8.5s
Total Damage: 1008 (Lv. 3)
Dashes towards an opponent and attacks three times, with the final hit knocking an opponent airborne.
Wild Charge ImageWild Charge
(Lv. 8)
Upgrade Lv. 14
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 9s
Total Damage: 2198 (Lv. 8) / 3396 (Lv. 15)
Lunge in a chosen direction. If this Move hits a Pokemon, the user becomes untargetable and unleashes a series of hits at the target, dealing heavy damage but also dealing some damage to itself. Using Volt Switch, Spark, or a boosted attack before using this Move increases the number of hits made by this Move.
Upgrade: This Move also deals damage to enemies around the main target when it hits.
Discharge ImageDischarge
(Lv. 8)
Upgrade Lv. 14
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 12s
Total Damage: 2320 (Lv. 8) / 3608 (Lv. 15)
Creates a field of electricity that surrounds you, damaging nearby enemies and granting a shield if it hits an enemy. Hitting a paralyzed Pokemon with this skill pulls them towards you and damages them again.
Upgrade: Slows enemies hit by this Move for a short time.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Plasma Gale ImagePlasma Gale
(Lv. 10)
Move Type: Sure Hit
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 112s
Total Damage: 1788 (Lv. 10) / 2485 (Lv. 15)
Blasts lightning at a target, dealing damage to the target and enemies near it, as well as knocking them airborne briefly. When the blast hits it leaves a field that increases the standard attack range and damage of the user while inside the field.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Every third attack becomes boosted, dealing more damage, paralyzing the target and restores some of Zeraora's HP.

Ability (Passive)

Volt Absorb ImageVolt Absorb Receiving damage will increase attack for about 2 seconds.

Zeraora Stats & Evolutions

Zeraora Evolutions

This Pokémon does not evolve.

Zeraora Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3002 60 40 159
2 3120 69 46 176
3 3250 78 52 195
4 3393 88 59 216
5 3550 99 67 239
6 3723 112 75 265
7 3913 126 84 293
8 4122 141 94 324
9 4353 158 105 358
10 4607 176 117 396
11 4887 196 131 437
12 5195 218 146 483
13 5534 243 162 533
14 5908 270 180 588
15 6319 300 200 649

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

Zeraora In-Game Stats Listing

Offense Endurance Mobility Scoring Support
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Zeraora Skins (Holowear)

Space Style
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Top 5 Master Rank Picks & Win Rate

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